Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

French Connection

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

French Connection

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IT IS a little piece of Britain that has that continental touch, where people speak English but the streets are named in French.

Jersey is also the warmest place in the British Isles, boasting beautiful beaches and unspoiled countryside.

The island is a compact 45sq miles and is strictly protected by environmental restrictions to keep it just the way it is.

Even the most remote corners are easily accessible, however, with 450 miles of road covering the island.

While it's a gentle place, don''t get the idea that life is always so sedate.

Kayakers, surfers, divers and sailors will find plenty to love about Jersey's watersports scene, and adrenaline junkies will jump for a tour of the caves, cliffs and crags.

Meanwhile, shopping and cafe-hopping in St. Helier is the ideal wind-down.

MUST SEE 1. BRELADE''S BAY BEACH THE St. Brelade Bay area is one of the most picturesque on the island. This great big, broad, palm-fringed golden white sandy beach is a delight. In the 1950s and 1960s, the first wealthy residents arrived on the island to set up home here.

The water is lovely and clear and with watersports galore, the beach is ideal for swimmers while small boats and pedaloes can be rented for a relaxing cruise of the bay.

2 JERSEY WAR TUNNELS THE Jersey War Tunnels, and their German Underground Hospital, offer a thought-provoking glimpse into the past.

A fascinating collection of images, sounds and historical items portrays in an unbiased fashion the history of the occupation of Jersey by Germany during the Second World War.

Wear a coat though because it''s cold inside.

3 MONT ORGUEIL CASTLE POSITIONED to protect Jersey from French invasion, this medieval castle brings history to life.

Explore the castle''s staircases, towers and rooms to discover hidden secrets of espionage and spy networks. …

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